Sometimes it a battle just to achieve the starting line.
This year, the struggle has felt more manageable –– after all, it's my favorite skipper's fourth time to do this kooky 300-mile adventure that they call the Everglades Challenge.
But there are piles of gear and supplies that need to be tucked into the boat, and safety equipment to double-check, and the odd modification to test.
Literally pushing off the beach, as the race begins at the high tide mark of the beach and finishes off the dock of a little motel on the bay side of Key Largo. They have three check-points along the way, and the race is human powered: so they can row as well as sail, and if they need to (knock wood no!) they can push the boat by brute leg force.
We put the Eyes of Horus on the job –– a little superstition goes a long way around here.
Click on either of the two images below to check on them.